• December 8, 2021

The 2021 All-WNBA First Team announced, Jonquel Jones selected unanimously

Jonquel Jones. Image: NBA Photos.
Jonquel Jones. Image: NBA Photos.

Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones, the 2021 WNBA Most Valuable Player, leads the selections to the  2021 All-WNBA First Team. This season marks the first time Jones joins other elite WNBA players on the teams. Each member of the All-WNBA First Team will receive $10,300 and each member of the Second Team will receive $5,150. A “national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters” (not including Hoopfeed) voted on the teams.

All-WNBA Teams

First Team
Position Player, Team 1st Team 2nd Team Total
Forward Jonquel Jones, Connecticut 49 0 245
Guard Skylar Diggins-Smith, Phoenix 37 9 212
Center Brittney Griner, Phoenix 31 14 197
Forward Breanna Stewart, Seattle 28 19 197
Guard Jewell Loyd, Seattle 21 15 150
Second Team
Forward A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas 18 29 177
Center Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota 14 26 148
Guard Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas 13 23 134
Forward Tina Charles, Washington 8 26 118
Guard Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago 9 22 111

Players bios courtesy of the WNBA:

Jonquel Jones, Sun: In her fifth WNBA season, Jones averaged 19.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.26 blocked shots and 1.26 steals.  The 6-6 forward led the WNBA in rebounding and ranked fourth in scoring and 10th in blocks.  Behind Jones, the Sun posted the highest winning percentage in franchise history (.813), the WNBA’s best record (26-6) and a 14-game winning streak to finish the regular season.

Skylar Diggins-Smith, Mercury: The 5-9 Diggins-Smith averaged 17.7 points (ninth in the WNBA) and 5.3 assists (sixth).  She also became the fastest player in WNBA history to reach 3,000 points, 1,000 assists and 200 steals in a career.

Brittney Griner, Mercury: The 6-9 Griner was the runner-up in MVP voting for the second time after averaging 20.5 points (second in the WNBA) and a career-best 9.5 rebounds (sixth).  She led the WNBA in blocks (1.93 bpg) for the eighth time in her nine seasons.  Griner also ranked second in the league in field goal percentage (57.5). 

Breanna Stewart, Storm: The 2018 WNBA MVP finished third behind Jones and Griner in MVP voting.  The 6-4 Stewart averaged 20.3 points (third in the WNBA), 9.5 rebounds (fifth), 2.7 assists and 1.75 blocks (fifth). She also became the fastest player in league history to record 2,500 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.

Jewell Loyd, Storm: The No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft averaged 17.9 points (seventh in the WNBA), 3.8 assists (12th) and 1.48 steals (seventh).  On Sept. 17 against Phoenix, Loyd scored a career-high 37 points – the most points by a player in a game this season – and tied a league record with 22 points in a quarter.

Second Team

Aja Wilson, Aces: One year after winning the WNBA MVP award, Wilson averaged 18.3 points (sixth in the league) and posted career-best averages of 9.3 rebounds (eighth) and 3.1 assists.  Behind Wilson, Las Vegas finished the regular season with the second-best record (24-8).

Sylvia Fowles, Lynx: In her 14th WNBA season, Fowles averaged 16.0 points (14th in the WNBA) and 10.1 rebounds (second) and shot a league-high 64.0 percent from the field.  Named the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year for the fourth time, the 6-6 Fowles ranked second in the league in both steals (1.81 spg) and blocks (1.81 bpg).

Arike Ogunbowale, Wings: A third-year WNBA player, Ogunbowale ranked fifth in the league in points per game (18.7 ppg) after winning the scoring title last season.  The 5-8 guard posted 17 games with at least 20 points, second only to league scoring leader Tina Charles (19).

Tina Charles, Mystics: Charles led the WNBA in scoring with a career-high 23.4 points, the sixth-best average in league history.  Returning for her 11th WNBA season after not playing in 2020, the 6-4 Charles also averaged 9.6 rebounds (fourth in the league). 

Courtney Vandersloot, Sky: The 5-8 Vandersloot led the WNBA in assists (8.6 apg) for the fifth consecutive season and sixth time overall.  During the season, she moved into fourth place on the league’s career list for total assists (2,180).  She also averaged a career-high 1.69 steals (third in the WNBA).

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